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Intel 320 Series 80 GB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid-State Drive Retail Box

by Intel

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  • Intel Solid-State Drives have no moving parts,resulting in a quiet,cool, rugged storage solution
  • The Intel SSD 320 Series brings high-performance storage and reliability to notebook and desktop systems
  • Couple that performance with random writes of 10,000 IOPS and sequential writes of 90MB/s to unleash your system
  • The Intel Data Migration Software clones the operating system and files from a hard drive or SSD to any Intel SSD

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 13.7 x 17.3 cm ; 445 g
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: SSDSA2CW080G3B5
  • ASIN: B004T0DNJC
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Aug. 14 2011
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #376,924 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

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Intel Solid-State Drives just got better. The next generation Intel SSD 320 Series offers built-in data protection features, better performance, larger capacities and more value for your money.

From the Manufacturer

What is an SSD, and Why Is It Important?
Processor
The "brains" of the PC that performs key operations
Memory
Provides temporary storage for instructions and data
SSD
Provides ultra-fast storage for applications and data
Graphics Card
Processes graphical information and provides connectivity to displays
Optical Drive
Allows the PC to read data stored on optical discs like CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray*
Motherboard
The foundation of the PC, usually that connects key components together


The Intel 320 Series Solid-State Drive (80 GB) provides an advanced alternative to traditional hard drives with increased speeds, low power consumption, and high reliability. Designed without moving parts, the drive provides quiet and cool operation, while flash memory technology offers faster boot-up, application launch, and file loading. And with the convenience of Intel's migration software and toolbox, it's easy to set up and maintain your SSD.

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Intel 320 Series Solid-State Drive (80 GB)
At a Glance:
  • Flash technology for increased processing speeds and multitasking

  • Built-in features protect data from internal and external threats

  • Intel utilities make installation easy and optimize performance

  • No moving parts for higher reliability and longer life span

  • Backed by a five-year limited warranty
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Intel 320 Series Solid-State Drive (80 GB) Product Shot
Intel's 320 Series SSD offers outstanding speed and performance while remaining cool and quiet. View larger.
Intel 320 Series Solid-State Drive (80 GB) Product Shot
The standard 2.5-inch form factor makes it easy to install on nearly any laptop. View larger.
Flash Technology Easily Handles Multiple Operations
With Intel's flash technology, the 320 Series Solid-State Drive (SSD) features a flash system that can easily handle up to 32 concurrent operations at once. Even with the most demanding applications, the drive remains cool and quiet.

Built-In Data Protection Adds Security
A variety of data protection features protect your information from internal and external threats, so you can use this 320 Series drive with confidence. Encryption technology secures your personal data in the event of theft or loss. In case of an unexpected power loss, all data is written from the cache to the drive, protecting your data.

Tool Suite for Easy Setup and Troubleshooting
The 320 Series Solid-State Drive includes free Intel utilities that help you install and manage your hard drive. If you install the SSD in an existing PC system, Intel's Data Migration Software quickly replicates the operating system and all files from the PC hard drive, so you can begin using the drive immediately.

Intel's SSD Toolbox features a wide range of tools that help you optimize the performance of your 320 Series drive. With this toolbox, you can securely erase your SSD or configure your system to take full advantage of available features.

Low Power Consumption Increases Mobility
The low power needs of the 320 Series SSD translate to a longer battery life and a lighter notebook, which means you can increase the capacity and speed of your laptop without the added weight of a larger battery.

Rugged, Reliable Design
With no moving parts and the ability to withstand bumps and shocks without losing precious data, the 320 Series drive offers increased speed and performance without sacrificing reliability.

Warranty Information
The Intel 320 Series Solid-State Drive (80 GB) is backed by a manufacturer's five-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Intel 320 Series Solid-State Drive (80 GB) and installation kit.


Intel 320 Series Solid State Drives


40 GB SATA Solid-State Drive - SSD (Retail box)


80 GB SATA Solid-State Drive - SSD (Retail box)


120 GB SATA Solid-State Drive - SSD (Retail box)


160 GB SATA Solid-State Drive - SSD (Retail box)


300 GB SATA Solid-State Drive - SSD (Retail box)


600 GB SATA Solid-State Drive - SSD (Retail box)
Storage Capacity (GB)4080120160300600
NAND Flash Components25nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell25nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell25nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell25nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell25nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell25nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell
Bandwidth (Sustained Sequential Read/Write)Up to 200 MB/s
Up to 45 MB/s
Up to 270 MB/s
Up to 90 MB/s
Up to 270 MB/s
Up to 130 MB/s
Up to 270 MB/s
Up to 165 MB/s
Up to 270 MB/s
Up to 205 MB/s
Up to 270 MB/s
Up to 220 MB/s
Read Latency75 microseconds75 microseconds75 microseconds75 microseconds75 microseconds75 microseconds
Write Latency90 microseconds90 microseconds90 microseconds90 microseconds90 microseconds90 microseconds
Random I/O Operations per Second (IOPS) (Random 4KB Read/Write)Up to 30,000 IOPS /
Up to 3,700
IOPS
Up to 38,000 IOPS /
Up to 10,000 IOPS
Up to 38,000 IOPS /
Up to 14,000 IOPS
Up to 39,000 IOPS /
Up to 21,000 IOPS
Up to 39,500 IOPS /
Up to 23,000 IOPS
Up to 39,500 IOPS /
Up to 23,000 IOPS
InterfaceSATA 3 Gb/s, compatible with SATA 1.5 Gb/sSATA 3 Gb/s, compatible with SATA 1.5 Gb/sSATA 3 Gb/s, compatible with SATA 1.5 Gb/sSATA 3 Gb/s, compatible with SATA 1.5 Gb/sSATA 3 Gb/s, compatible with SATA 1.5 Gb/sSATA 3 Gb/s, compatible with SATA 1.5 Gb/s
Form Factor2.5-inch2.5-inch2.5-inch2.5-inch2.5-inch2.5-inch
Life Expectancy (Mean Time Between Failure)1.2 Million Hours1.2 Million Hours1.2 Million Hours1.2 Million Hours1.2 Million Hours1.2 Million Hours
Power ConsumptionActive: 150 mW Typical
Idle: 100 mW Typical
Active: 150 mW Typical
Idle: 100 mW Typical
Active: 150 mW Typical
Idle: 100 mW Typical
Active: 150 mW Typical
Idle: 100 mW Typical
Active: 150 mW Typical
Idle: 100 mW Typical
Active: 150 mW Typical
Idle: 100 mW Typical


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Amazon.com: 62 reviews
59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Freakin' Awesome: Six Stars April 20 2011
By Bob Blum - Published on Amazon.com
This is my first SSD, and I absolutely love it. Very fast boot up and shut-down;
incredibly fast program launch - even monsters like Photoshop: blam - they're on.

Since my system worked reasonably well before, I worried about every aspect
of this project. (If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Why spend the $250, what if I have boot problems,
what if the performance increase is marginal or worse?). Incredibly the installation
was totally quick and flawless. Bravo, Intel! Now for some details.

I bought the retail kit ($10 to $25 more than the OEM version). The two cables
are handy (sata power and data), I used the bracket, and even the
tiny 3 inch CD with installation instructions was useful. Amazingly,
those instructions are not on Intel's website.) They worked flawlessly.

I installed it in my 2008 Intel desktop tower that runs Windows XP Pro
32-bit and that has an Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 processor. This system was top
of the line when I bought it, so I really wanted to wait another year before
upgrading to a 64-bit OS (to get > 4gb of DRAM) and a faster processor
(like Ivy Bridge). I love WinXP, and I have a lot of old drivers, so I was hesitant
to upgrade to Win7 now or to make any expensive hardware upgrades now.)

I think I made the perfect choice, but this decision was not without anxiety.

After reading all the reviews for Intel's SSD X25-M (it's Gen 2,
34 nano SSDs), it was apparent that most buyers raved about them:
their speed and their reliability, but, cruising the internet you
find all kinds of potential worries. I list them here, only to dismiss them.
(BTW, the Series 320 SSDs are from Intel's 25 nano fab in Utah: they are
even faster and more reliable than the X25-M series. Although they only
support 3gb/sec data transfer, that's all my old mobo can dish out, so that's fine.)

1) SSDs, WinXP, and TRIM. This was a worry, since WinXP was written a decade ago,
long before SSDs. My worry was that WinXP does not support TRIM, which is
a command to tell the SSD to overwrite deleted data. Without TRIM, the efficiency
of the SSD might deteriorate due to unavailable pages. The solution for WinXP is
to use a small, free program, the Intel Solid-State Drive Toolbox, to perform this
drive optimization. (Win7 does it automatically.) So, a non-worry -
not a reason to upgrade to Win7. BTW, SSDs and TRIM are explained in a
well-written 2009 article on AnandTech "The SSD Anthology: Understanding SSDs."

2) SSDs and BIOS or other drive recognition problems. This was a huge worry,
since this has been a recurring catastrophe about every five years: having a
hard drive that simply does not show up either in Windows, or even worse, not in
the BIOS. I spoke to some professionals; they had never experienced this when
installing Intel SSDs on customers desktops. In fact, I did not have to touch the
BIOS at all. I just connected the sata power and data cables, and the drive
magically appeared on the BIOS list and in Windows (on the Device Manager drive list).
(The 'raptor HD is disconnected for now.)

3) Installing Windows (or anything) on the SSD. I need to mention that although,
I could SEE the SSD in the Device Manager, it does NOT show up on "My Computer"
along with the C drive. The reason is that it ships, of course, unformatted.
(I had hoped to just copy my entire mechanical hard drive (a WD 600 gb Velociraptor)
to the SSD using Norton Ghost.) Instead, I resorted to reading the directions that came with
the drive on that tiny little CD. Again, Intel to the rescue with their Drive Migration software
provided by Acronis. Don't be scared off by the minutiae of that program. In fact, you only
use one single command: Clone Now - the rest is automatic.

The bottom line is that this was a hugely worthwhile and easy project with a
thrilling result: incredibly fast performance. I think mechanical drives will go the way
of magnetic tape: for archival storage only and to museums. (I also write about
the future of biotech, neuroscience, and AI: see BobBlum.com )

PS: Don't stress about mounting the SSD. (See the YouTube "Samsung SSD Awesomeness"
with the guy trampolining with 24 SSDs.)
76 of 87 people found the following review helpful
A few things you need to know about these drives !!!! July 15 2011
By B. America - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I have a DV7 series HP Pavilion Laptop running Win 7 64-bit with the Hitachi drive that seems to have the life-span of about 18-months on all 3 of my laptops. When I noticed the classic cluster errors, I decided to pick up this SSD drive as an OS only drive and have a second drive as my storage within the laptop.

Installation was quick and easy. The migration was a breeze. I've been doing IT for over 15-years: computers, routers, switches, firewalls, so I was expecting the worst and got the best.

Here's where it gets bad.

About 5 hours into use I get the Blue Screen of Death. No big deal, reboot and figure out what app decided not to play nice. No luck! The drive was bricked! I got another drive and did the entire process again. This time while running OO Defrag I get the BSOD and this drive is bricked too. I moved it to another laptop to look at the drive. The 80-Gig partition turned into an 8-Meg partition. The rest of the drive is missing. Missing as in not even recoverable by FDISK or any other means within Windows.

I plugged in "Intel SSD 80 Gig 8" on Google and sure enough a TON of people are having the same problems. The drive just fails randomly and they're left with an 8-Meg drive. Some people are using 3rd party applications to force the drive to recover to factory defaults or just sending them back to Intel. Some even after sending them back to Intel have a failure a month or two later. I already invested nearly 10 hours of time and I am not doing it again. For people considering buying this drive I suggest you pass on it because of the possibility of it being a ticking time bomb in your computer is too much to risk.

UPDATE!!!!: After following the 8-meg bug threads the IBM update bricked a bunch of drives. Amazing!!! Firmware update - 4PC10362 intended to fix the issue. Inetel says it's "isolated", but I had 3 drives crash in a week. How isolated can this bug be? As of December 12, 2011 people are still reporting SSD crashes because of this bug and after installing the latest firmware.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Works beautifully and dies. Twice. Aug. 4 2011
By look7000 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I purchased this Intel 320 series 80GB SSD because of my long held faith in Intel and the 5 year warranty. Sadly it looks like there's something wrong with these drives (circa june/july 2011). I installed the drive in my Dell E4300 laptop in late June 2011. Install is smooth - good tools in the kit allow you to connect the drive via USB to clone your hard drive. Once installed it was a beautiful thing. Files open quickly, MS office (powerpoint, word, excel and outlook) open and handle files much more quickly.

Then after 7 days the PC froze, and BiOS reported no boot sector. BiOS sees it as a 0GB drive. OK, stuff happens. I returned the unit to Amazon (it was within 30 days) for a replacement. Amazon was excellent, shipping an immediate replacement with 1 day shipping while I was still holding the defective unit.

I received the replacement on July 11, 2011. The install again was easy, and the performance is great. Today (Aug 4, 2011) the drive died. My Window 7 system froze and then blue-screened. Just like the first time BiOS reports a 0GB drive and can't find a boot sector. Incidentally, as recommended the Win7 defrag had been disabled.

This time i'm returning it for a refund. Since I purchased this drive there are 4 other 1-star user comments reporting similar behavior.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Fast Brick Sept. 21 2011
By Gary Finseth - Published on Amazon.com
I installed a 120MB 320 Series as a replacement for a failed drive on an HP laptop.

It was a great drive for 2 months, and made the laptop much faster.

Then it bricked. No 8 MB, just utterly dead.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Died in 6 weeks Aug. 20 2011
By Gary Ewald - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Drive worked well for about 6 weeks. Last Saturday I turned on my laptop to find a no boot drive error. Bios reported 0 GB drive. I bought an Intel because I thought they were supposed to be reliable. Amazon was great about shipping me a replacement. We'll see how long the replacement lasts.

Here's an update. February 2012.
I've had the replacement drive for six months now. No problems with the replacement.

Here's a second update. April 2012
Second drive failed. Lasted about 8 months. Replaced with a Samsung I picked up at the local electronics shop. Do not buy this Intel drive.